Study: New resident work hour rules leading to more mistakes

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New rules intended to reduce fatigue and stress for doctors in training may be leading to more medical errors.

Regulations that went into effect in 2011 cut the time first-year doctors spend at the hospital during a typical duty session from 24 to 16 hours.

But a new study published online in “JAMA Internal Medicine” found that interns working under the new rules are reporting more mistakes, not enough sleep, and symptoms of depression.

The researchers say interns reported they were working fewer hours, but were still expected to accomplish the same amount that previous classes had, so they had less time to complete their duties.

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